The Government of Argentina defined this Wednesday that the Boca Juniors squad, which arrived in Buenos Aires from Brazil, must comply with a seven-day isolation, due to “contact outside the stipulated” that occurred at the end of the match against Atlético Mineiro, when a fight broke out that led to the transfer of several players to a Brazilian police station.
Despite the fact that the consulate in Belo Horizonte and with the endorsement of CONMEBOL had ensured that the bubble of the Xeneize delegation had been maintained, the Argentine health authorities have already defined that in any case they must be isolated for a term of seven days.
It could be considered that the bubble broke when giving statements at the police station, although CONMEBOL and the consulate deny it. Alina Moine reported in SportsCenter AM that the squad could do together, as happened with River Plate, on their return from the preseason.
Jorge Amor Ameal, president of the xeneize club, confirmed on ESPN F90 that they will ask for the postponement of Saturday’s game with Banfield, although the League does not foresee suspensions due to Covid outbreaks or for this case.
Boca Juniors lost his flight back to Buenos Aires after the fight the day before, in the dressing rooms of the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, when he was eliminated from the Copa Libertadores, and was only able to return to his country when those involved completed their statements in a Brazilian city police station.
The confusion was caused by the Argentines after being defeated 3-1 by Atlético Mineiro and had to be contained by the Police who ended up transferring several members of Boca to a police station where they spent the night after confirming with the security cameras of the stage their responsibility in the brawl.
The fight came after Mineiro eliminated Boca Juniors 3-1 on penalties, after goalless draws in the first and second leg matches, and guaranteed their place in the Libertadores quarterfinals.
The Argentines, who protested the elimination of a goal that would have guaranteed them qualification for the quarterfinals after the referee consulted the VAR, as had happened in the match in Buenos Aires, began to provoke the Brazilian team still in the access tunnel to the field.
In addition to attacking Atlético Mineiro leaders and players, as well as members of the security team, the Argentines demolished protection stands, a sound amplifier and other objects, in addition to throwing bottles of water at their rivals.
Boca was scheduled to return to Buenos Aires around midnight on Tuesday, but due to the incidents he had to cancel the flight and rescheduled it for this Wednesday, when he stepped on Buenos Aires soil after 6:30 p.m.
Nine members of the delegation of the Argentine club were identified in the cameras by the authorities and are accused of assault and damage to property.